THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: February 20, 2020
John "Jack" Sylvester, 91, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 after a brief illness, surrounded by family.
Born July 4, 1928 in Oconto, he served in United States Navy, the United States Army and was an active member of the American Legion. He attended St. Norbert and Marquette Universities, earning degrees in Mathematics and Education. He taught at St. Norbert and Green Bay Public Schools.
He enjoyed his time in the woods (earning the nickname "Ticky"), working outside, cooking, baking, designing his homes, solving computer problems, being a Church lector and making others laugh with humorous songs or poems such as "The Wreck of the Julie Plante" in his best Quebecois.
Even at the end, he corrected our errors, recited "Ozymandias" and made jokes about himself, family and the President. He had a full, happy life, touched the lives of many people, provided advice, entertained with his wit and cooking and offered love and support.
He is survived by his wife, Julie (Bickel); six children, Kathy, Jayne, Peg, Joe (Kathy), Bubbles (Tom Jagielo), and Pam; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Mae (Seroogy) and a sister, Connie.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Oconto on Friday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., with Rev. Timothy Bickel and Rev. Joel Sember officiating. Military Rites will be given by all Oconto Veteran organizations. Gallagher Funeral Home of Oconto is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions to St. Norbert Abbey or College are appreciated or donations can be made to St. John's shelter in Green Bay.